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July 21, 2014 Puzzle Piece Iodine and Halide assessment made easy

July 21, 2014 Puzzle Piece  


Iodine and Halide assessment made easy


This week’s Puzzle Piece is furnished by Doctor’s Data.  I have lectured extensively on Iodine deficiency, which is magnified by toxic burdens of Chlorine, Fluorine and Bromine. We teach in our seminars how to use the BioEnergX homeopathic homochord products to help reduce the halide toxins and to use MaX Iodine for supplementation to allow for optimal iodine levels.  Iodine is found in every cell of the body.  It is necessary for life and health.
Iodine Assessment from Doctor's Data:
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Iodine is a trace element that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and is available as a dietary supplement. Adequate iodine status is essential for the production of normal levels of thyroid hormones (T3 and T4). Additionally, it is pivotal for optimal function of the thyroid gland and the health and integrity of breast tissue. Keep in mind that iodine is an essential nutrient and therefore must be maintained through dietary intake.
Twenty-nine percent of the world's population, living in approximately 130 countries, is estimated to live in areas where iodine is insufficient. Iodine deficiency can lead to goiter, hypothyroidism, cretinism, and even breast cancer. Furthermore, an iodine imbalance during pregnancy and early infancy can cause irreversible effects. Currently, iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental retardation in the world.
Iodine Assessment
Doctor's Data, Inc. offers three urine iodine report formats and collection options to allow the practitioner a wide range of assessment options to fit an individual patient's needs.*
  • Traditionally, the level of urinary iodine from a twenty-four hour collection has been utilized to assess iodine intake as compared to the general population.
  • In situations where patient compliance is
    difficult, a spot urine collection, preferably the first
    morning void provides indication of iodine intake when expressed per mg creatinine.
  • In more recent times, an iodine load test has become a useful analysis for practitioners. A specified oral dose of iodine (ex. Lugol's) is given and urine is collected for the subsequent twenty- four hours. This test is based on the concept that the body has specific and saturable mechanisms to take up iodine. When maximal retention is attained, the percentage of an iodine/iodide load that is retained decreases and the percentage urinary excretion increases.

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 * Doctor's Data utilizes the CDC-recommended ICP-MS analysis of iodine.
Halide Assessment   
Iodine status and metabolism is affected not only by iodine
intake, but also by intake and retention of goitrogenic
halides (bromide and fluoride). Iodide uptake by specific cells is mediated by an energy-dependent sodium/iodide
symporter (NIS). Bromide and fluoride are non-essential, toxic halides that avidly compete with iodide for the NIS. Excessive intake of the antagonistic halides can accumulate in tissues, displace iodine and compromise the production of thyroid hormones and the integrity of the thyroid and mammary glands.
Providing comprehensive assessment of iodine sufficiency and antagonistic halides in a single test, the Urine Halides test assesses iodine as well as exposure to and retention of bromide and fluoride. The test can be performed using conventional random or 24-hour urine collection or after administration of a loading dose of iodide/iodine.

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Follow links below to view sample reports of other suggested Doctor's Data profiles  
Want to see the latest research on this topic?
Bath SC, Steer CD, Golding J, Emmett P, Rayman MP.  Effect of inadequate iodine status in UK pregnant women on cognitive outcomes in their children: results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC).  Lancet. 2013 Jul 27;382 (9889):331-7

Gahche JJ, Bailey RL, Mirel LB, Dwyer JT.  The prevalence of using iodine-containing supplements is low among reproductive-age women, NHANES 1999-2006   J Nutr. 2013 Jun;143(6):872-7.

Poor AE, Eskin BA,  Georgiadis C, Hamzavi B, Brooks AD.  Urine Iodine, Estrogen, and Breast Disease.  Journal of Cancer Therapy Vol. 3  No. 6 (2012)
Yours in Health and Wellness,
John W. Brimhall, BA, BS, DC, FIAMA, DIBAK

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